Whitey Bulger’s Arrest

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Michael Patrick MacDonald talks about legendary Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and the repercussions of his recent capture. MacDonald is the author of All Souls: A Family story from Southie, about growing up in the tough neighborhood of Boston. He talks about why he thinks the FBI was paying Bulger as an informant although they knew he was the neighborhood kingpin.


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Comments [3]

Caro from Puerto Rico

As a "Paid RAT",I find they usually are 100 times more crooked and the fact they are being paid with tax money,after making small fortunes off of others misfortune to be a travesty of justice(if such a thing exist anymore).

Oct. 21 2011 03:26 AM
Irish Girl from Brooklyn NY

I never for one second beleived that Billy 'had no idea of his brother's acitivities' Everyone in Southie (even the dimmest of characters) knew what was happening. As a transplant from Hells Kitchen to Boston I figured he was not unlike one of the gang leaders of the Westies. When they snagged Whitey last week all I could think was he ran out of cash and all the 'guys' he paid off are retired or dead. He should fry for all the lives he has ruined.

Jul. 05 2011 01:52 PM
Patrick from Bronx

It seems that the number of paid informants working on organized crime is greater in the past. For how many years was Whitey Bulger a paid informant for the FBI?

Jul. 05 2011 11:14 AM

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